A place to feel safe
The First Step is an initiative to assist the victims of sexual assault by conducting Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams are needed when a person has been sexually assaulted within the last 120 hours or 5 days. Our specially trained forensic nurses are available to provide exams to patients of all ages 24/7, 365 days a year. The victim receives a complete medical exam by a specially trained SANE including, but not limited to, assessing for injuries, providing prophylactic STI, HIV and pregnancy medication, and collecting evidence for law enforcement. At our private SANE facility, located within the NMCAC, the victim is the only patient with a SANE and a trauma informed advocate.